Worlds of Work Project

Year 10 students attended an inspiring 'World of Work' programme in the CBD. Their honest speeches and creatively visceral videos showcased their communications skills and excellent collaboration in front of a number of corporate sponsors. 


“I really enjoyed this experience. Everyone was nice, the workshops were great and the workplace visits were insightful. I learnt a lot about the world of work and how you can balance it with life. The workplace visits were the highlights of the program. The people were great and their stories made me open my mind to different careers and lifestyles. Usually I wouldn’t get a chance to talk to people like this, so the visits were a unique opportunity. The experience has changed the way I think about my future. I feel a lot more optimistic and open-minded about my life. I still have no idea what I want to do, but I know that when the opportunity arises, I will make the right decision.”


“Being a part of this program has been such a great experience for me. It has helped me a lot to decide what I want to do with my life. Going to different workplaces has given me great ideas on different jobs and many of them have interested me. I got an insight into what they do in their jobs, and this will help me decide what job I really want in the future (business/sports). I just want to thank everyone here for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this great program. I really enjoyed this program and wish that it went for much longer.”


“The most important thing I learnt this week was to be positive about where I am and to do the things that I enjoy in life, not the things that other people do. One of the people who helped me realise this was a woman called Nadia, who today gave a great speech about choice and consciousness. She helped me realise that everyone could be successful if they were doing something that they loved. ”


“Doing Worlds of Work has been really beneficial for me because when I first started, my ability to speak in front of people, such as my classmates, and asking questions was quite low and since doing the WOW program, my confidence has improved greatly. Now I feel like when people ask me a question, that they are interested in what I have to say, and that what I have to say has value. What I am going to do from now on, is have a positive outlook on life and be more optimistic, more open minded and open to change. Walking away from this experience I feel that I am more able to accept things the way they are and that I can free myself from judgement.”


“When my teacher told me I was doing WOW I was really reluctant and didn’t particularly want to go. After five days of this program I am definitely glad that I have participated. Still clueless to what I want to do but each day here has been a great experience. The highlight of my week was visiting Rio Tinto, it gave me amazing insight into a field I knew nothing about. I think in order to be successful you have to know your goals, so that’s definitely something I’ll be working on.”


“ Doing Worlds of Work has taught me a more positive way of thinking and from now on I’m going to be more open to opportunities that I’m given. I think the workshops and workplace visits have really helped me to feel more comfortable with talking to people. The advice I was given at Baker McKenzie really sticks with me. Now I know that there are plenty of options out there for me. I’m thankful that I got to do this program.”


The WOW program for me, has been filled with valuable experiences that I will be able to use in the future. For me, it was a great chance to leave the school environment and draw upon a large number of different skills. One of the most valuable parts of the week was visiting the three different workplaces. At Accenture, our time there was less structured and we were left to walk around and talk to the employees at our own pace. One employee, when asked to define success, answered: “Success is all about moving forward but bringing others along for the ride.” This definition of success best encompasses what I believe success should be all about. Coming to the conclusion of this program, I have realised that I want to change the way I think and react to different situations. Even during certain parts of this week, I have noticed myself seeing the good side in everything and thinking more positively.”


Coming to WOW has really been an eye-opener for me. It has given me the opportunity to chat to people from big companies and has given me great insight to the path of success in life and work. The workshops have certainly made me more determined to pursue my goals and aspirations for the future and has definitely enlightened me of the important skills and steps to take to reach my life-long dreams. I’d like to thank you for the wonderful opportunity I’ve been given this week.”


“I am really thankful for coming on WOW. At school I don’t normally put my hand up for these types of activities. I’m really glad I did. I’m normally very shy and I found it hard to talk to anyone but going to the workplaces really helped me gain confidence. Especially at Baker McKenzie. I would never have thought lawyers would care about anything I have to say. I’ve wanted to be an actress for as long as I can remember and I’ve always been apprehensive about telling people because I assumed they would tell me to find a real job, but every person I told about my goals to enter the film industry were really interested and supportive; even suggesting places where I go could to help achieve my aspirations. This gave me so much more confidence and made me value my opinion and myself more. Thank you to all the companies we went to and thank you to the people that make WOW possible. This week has been super beneficial.”  


“When I walked into Signal on Monday, I was just thinking about WOW, that “Yeah this program will be interesting, I’m getting a week off school. Etc.” Through this week I have learnt so much, especially about success, what it means to different people and all the possibilities and opportunities that are out there. Every part of this week, from the workplace visits, to the workshops run by Sarah and Mel, has helped me look and see the direction I want to take to have a career in computers but also the direction I want to take in my life. They have helped develop the skills I need as well. Our visit to Accenture was definitely one of the most valuable experiences. I had conversations with two of the employees and they both talked about success in ways that made sense to me. Both of them talked about happiness, but also about passions, following your passions and if you wake up and don’t want to go to work, it’s time to change.”


“Thank you to Sarah and Mel for the guidance this week. We visited businesses and asked the employees about success. I loved asking ‘what single skill is the most valuable in the workplace?’ I learnt that tenacity, teamwork and interpersonal skills are all important. There is more than one way to achieve success.”


“I had a really great time this week. I learnt that networking and communicating are very important, I am more aware of what I want in life. I have learnt independence. My favourite thing has been working with a group and being active in the city. I have more of an idea of success and how important it is to enjoy your work.”


“This week has been a great experience, particularly Accenture! They were so open to talking to people. One lady changed my view – I was worried about my path and where I was going with VCE – she calmed me down. It’s normal not to know exactly what you want to do.”


“This week was so interesting. I learnt things I can use outside of school. I’m usually slack and now I need to work hard to have a bright future.”


“I thought it would be boring and we’d be in the city for too long. I regret saying that. I learnt so much about me and success. Doing WOW was a great experience and I will tell my friends. I never in 100 million years thought success was bringing others with you, until I came to WOW, where they taught me about others. When I grow up, I want to be a rapper and change my country by supplying them with food and if I have more money, build schools for them. Rio Tinto showed me success. Doing WOW was a great experience and if it happens again at school I would tell my friends. Thanks for hearing me out.”


I really enjoyed my week. I never thought anyone could love an office job. Everyone has a different definition of happiness. This experience really opened my eyes to how the world works. Everyone has their own passion. I have gained a lot of confidence.”


“I am on exchange from Germany. It is very hard for me to know my strengths. I found I have the skill of perspective. My friends and family always ask my opinion. I want to now see my strengths. I never knew there were things that I was good at. This is one of the important things to identify and succeed in life.”


“I am on exchange from the Faroe Islands, part of Denmark. This has been a great experience while I have been in Australia in the last two months. It has helped me to know people and get to know Melbourne. I will take this experience home with me. My favourite activity was when we went to Rio Tinto, they were so nice and exciting. Thanks to all the WOW people for making this week so good.”


“This past week I have learnt an incredible amount about myself and the people around me. After visiting big offices and fancy board rooms, my eyes have really been opened to the opportunities that life can present in the workforce. I’ve been taught to pick a career that I love and if I’m truly passionate about it, the money will follow – not lead. This has completely inspired me to follow my dreams and live by the words of Confucius: “If you choose a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”.


“At the start, I didn’t want to do it. Going into the workplaces showed me the skills to succeed in many industries and has helped me to narrow down what I want to do with my life.”


“Before this week at WOW I felt pressured and unsure. Now I feel privileged to have spoken to people in the workplace. I now feel more positive about work.”


“This week has been so valuable in teaching me to be optimistic. Most exciting was the visits to the workplaces. Thank you to everyone.”

Jesse W

“I found this week to be interesting, valuable and rewarding. At first I was unsure. The greatest experience was going into the workplaces and finding out what they thought success is. It’s different for everybody. I haven’t decided what I want to do yet, but I will.”


“At the start of the week I was apprehensive. I have loved everything! I now have a more clearer view of everything I want to do. So thankful to everyone. Success is happiness.”